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Spanish Brown Rice

September 21, 2012

Everybody wants  a change from mundane everyday food especially kids. We now not only have options of  Indian cuisines which encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines such as North indian cuisine famous for its curries and chapatis ,Tandoori, Rumaali and Naan, or South Indian cuisine famous for idlis dosas etc. But now with world becoming flat, travel, many resturants opening up in neighbourhood we are exposed to Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, Japanese.

My kids love the Mexican food – nachos ,tacos, burritos ,fajitas, enchiladas  and we often ended up at TacoBells. Due to their demand I have tried to include it in my everyday cooking thanks to easy availability of ingredients in Bangalore. A dish that I usually make on weekends is Spanish Brown Rice. Spanish brown rice is a dish made from white rice, tomatoes/tomato sauce, garlic, onions, and other ingredients. Although called “Spanish rice“, this dish is unknown in Spain and is from Mexico (Probably called Spanish rice as Spanish language is spoken in Mexico).  It is usually served as a side dish alongside other Mexican cuisine but we eat it as main dish with Nachos. For making the Spanish Brown rice I use Del Monte products such as olive oil, tomato sauce, macaroni.

Del Monte: Brand Del Monte has 118 years of rich international heritage and is synonymous with good quality and taste.  Del Monte was brought to India through a joint venture (JV) called FieldFresh Foods Pvt. Ltd between Bharti Enterprises and Del Monte Pacific Ltd.  Del Monte products in India include fruit drinks, ketchup, sauces and other culinary products, packaged fruits and fruit fillings, and the Italian range consisting of pasta, olive oil and olives/jalapeno. I was forced to bring Del Monte sauce due to the Free Bheem gift a year back but since then are hooked onto the Delmonte sauces!


  • onion – 1 chopped fine
  • garlic – 2-3 pods minced and ginger juveniles
  • capsicum – 250 gms chopped
  • Yellow and red bell pepper- 1 piece each chopped
  • Tomato sauce – 5 to 6 spoon
  • olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • sugar -2 table spoons
  • salt – to taste
  • Chifferi Rigati pasta- 1 cup
  • rice -1 cup
  • cheese slices – 4
  • cheese cubes – 2
  • dried herbs – 1/2 tablespoon

Serves 4.

Pre Preparation

Soak rice for 30 mins.

Boil Pasta : in 1 litreof salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain well with water(cool).


Caramelize sugar : To get the brown color and that little bit of sweet tinge .

Caramelized sugar is simply a mixture of sugar and water cooked until it becomes syrupy and darkens. In a heavy-bottom over low to medium-low heat, put 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of water. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves and mixture just begins to simmer.

NOTE: I find that by maintaining a low heat  I have more control over the caramelizing process, as it is really easy to burn

Caramelize sugar

Caramelize sugar

Cook Rice 

Put rice in the caramelized sugar and saute it. Add double the quantity of water and boil it. Once water starts boiling reduce the heat and let rice cook.

Cook Capsicum 

In another pan add little olive oil.

Add chopped onion, ginger, chopped green capsicum, chopped red and yellow bell pepper.

Saute it for some time(3-4 minutes) making sure that capsicum does not become soft, it retains its crunchy taste. Add 1 spoon of tomato sauce.

Saute Pasta

Take little bit of olive oil, heat it. Add boiled Macaroni and tomato sauce and dried herbs. Saute it for 2 mins so that tomato sauce and herbs get mixed with macaroni.


In a baked dish

Put a layer of rice

Two cheese slices

Layer of macaroni

Two cheese slices

Layer of capsicum mixture

Grate cheese cubes

Bake till cheese melts

Baked Spanish Rice

Baked Spanish Rice

When we cut through the dish we can see various layers. We can also top it with cut tomatoes, spring onions .

Layers in Baked Spanish Dish

Layers in Baked Spanish Dish

You can also have the dish without baking. We can also use it in burritos , nachos. These are available ready made at Namdhari.


In Burritos

For yummy recipes using Del Monte products you can checkout worldfoody on facebook  Mocktails and Cocktails are easy to make and very very tasty!

This is entry for the Indiblogger : The Del Monte Blogger Recipe Carnival

From → General

  1. Amazing recipe. All the best for the contest!

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